Martin & Co LXM

LXM, Otra Guitarra Folk from Martin & Co in the Little Martin series.

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heads on fire 26/12/2011

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Martin LXM Java Mahogany Features:
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: Modified 0 - 14 Fret
Top: Spruce Pattern High-pressure Laminate Textured Finish
Rosette: Gold & Black Style Herringbone
Top Bracing Pattern: Modified 1 Style
Top Braces: Crowned Cross Brace & Graphite Bowtie Plate
Back Material: Java Mahogany Pattern High-pressure Laminate
Side Material: Java Mahogany Patter High-pressure Laminate
Neck Material: Natural Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Java Mahogany Pattern High-pressure Laminate
Fingerboard Material: Solid Morado or Solid East Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 23"
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1 11/16
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2 1/16
Bridge Material: Solid Morado or Solid East Indian Rosewood
Bridge Style: 1 Style Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8
Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin M550 Phosphor Bronze
Bridge & End Pins: White w/Black Dots
Case: Padded Gig Bag
Interior Label: Gold Foil Label


This is a very neat entry from Martin. The LXM is a guitar built with travelers and smaller hands in mind, but with a more traditional tone and appearance than the higher-selling Backpacker guitar. Finish and fit are excellent for a guitar this size, and the fretwork is top notch. The playability is as good as guitars costing 4 times this price! And the wood grain is very unusual, yet pleasing to the eye.


In a tonal comparison between this guitar and the Backpacker, this guitar wins hands-down. The clarity is there, like its older and odder brother, but the elegant curves of the body enhance the lower end frequencies more, providing a rich acoustic timbre for chording and fingerpicking. It'll certainly never be a pre-war D28, but it certainly sounds great for the size, application, and price point.


Overall, this is one of my most recommended guitars for backpacking, camping, travel, and smaller hands. I think Martin has a real winner on their hands. 9 out of 10 overall.